2019 Aikido seminars

2 01 2020

Getting old makes people lazy and since I have already stated more than once that i am in love with photography, I brag about my last year of Aikido seminars in an easy photo-mosaic.. and makes it easier the fact I am traveling not as much as earlier, but I have been again to interesting new places meeting quite a few of super ince new people!

PS The post has been actually published, with a little sadness, in april, when because of corona virus I have already lost count of cancelled seminars and trips.. life’s going on (hopefully) and there will be more practice, eventually (hopefully! 🙂 )..





2018 Aikido seminars

20 01 2019

The past year has not been a very good one with respect to Aikido practice, traveling and my health. Bad luck or major call from above, or just the end result of a not so health oriented life, it does not really matter how you call it, but the end result led to a period off work for sickness (never happened before in my life!) and a quite major health discovery that has already required major changes in my lifestyle. Then when I thought things were starting getting better, a problem with my left knee reappeared, most probably because of bursitis, and then again I was obliged to skip practice (also because a demanding new job) for too long.

I am not yet sure how 2019 Aikido year will be: Friday I had to discard my plans to travel to Germany for first year chance to practice with Jorma Lyly sensei because exhausted by the previous 4 days in the road (2 in Germany followed by 2 in Italy with 2 nights of 3 hours sleep). Friday I slept about 15 hours, and the thought to get on a train to and from Germany was too much.. a pity..

But now a look at last year, that started very promising but then, it just wasn’t..

6 – 7 January: Trondheim, practice with friends at TAK (1)
13 – 14 January: Trondheim, practice with friends at TAK
19 – 21 January: Dusseldorf, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
26 – 28 January: Sofia, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
2 – 4 February: Tikkurila, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
9 – 11 February: Stockholm, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
16 – 18 February: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
17 – 18 March: Ho Chi Minh City, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
6 – 8 April: Prague, weekend seminar with Nevelius sensei
13 – 15 April: Bratislava, weekend seminar with Noel sensei
11 – 13 May: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
24 – 27 May: Stavanger, 10 year anniversary of Jushinkand dojo, with Nevelius sensei and Martucci sensei
1 – 3 June: Sochi, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
8 – 10 June: Krasnoyarsk, weekend seminar with Irie sensei (2)
16 – 17 June: Amsterdam, weekend seminar with Tissier sensei
(3)
17 – 18 August: Duisburg, weekend bokken seminar with Lyly sensei (4)
7 – 9 September: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
19 – 21 October: Prague, weekend seminar with Noel sensei (5)

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2017 Aikido seminars

3 01 2018

Wrap up of an year of travelling/training for Aikido, that it was certainly not bad. Unfortunately a change in my work, a change I wanted and I appreciate, has influenced my training schedule, reducing the amount of seminars I could attend, but even more the weekly practice sessions..

Still I definitively do not complain!

20 – 22 January: Dusseldorf, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
27 – 29 January: Brussels, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
3 – 5 February: Strømmen, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
10 – 12 February: Stockholm, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
17 – 19 February: Rome, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
4 – 5 March: Shanghai & Hangzhou, weekend seminar with Sasaki sensei
11 – 12 March: Ho Chi Minh, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
17 – 19 March: Bratislava, weekend seminar with Noel sensei
25 – 26 March: Wasquehal, weekend seminar with Yasuno sensei
8 – 9 April: Prague, weekend seminar with Nevelius sensei
21 – 23 April: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
28 – 30 April: Oslo, weekend seminar with Okamoto sensei
5 – 7 May: Langenthal, weekend seminar with Irie sensei and several other teachers for the 40 years in Aikido of Heuscher sensei
12 – 14 May: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
6 – 9 July: Zilina, seminar with Endo sensei
24 – 27 August: Jakarta, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
15 – 17 September: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
22 – 24 September: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Martucci sensei
13 – 15 October: Bratislava, weekend seminar with Ariga sensei
3 – 5 November: Brussels, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
24 – 26 November: Moscow, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
1 – 3 December: Vienna, weekend seminar with Endo sensei
8 – 10 December: Cologne, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei

and 2 shorter participations:

6 – 8 October: Prague, 2 sessions of the weekend seminar with Noel sensei
22 October: Amsterdam, 1 session of the weekend seminar with Dijkman sensei

And as usual, the start of my Aikido year in Trondheim:

14 – 15 January: Trondheim, weekend practicing with my local friends at Trondheim Aikido.

I practiced less days than in 2016, both because of traveling (next year I’ll carry along my keikogi more often) but also because of a knee problem during the summer (half June and full July basically no practice).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Endo sensei, Rome: asked me to grab him for ushiro ryotedori exercise and after that and a couple of movements he turns to me and says: “Oh you are not so stiff”.. 🙂 made my day!
  • Nevelius sensei, Prague: asked me for uke then said to be stiff and after a second thought, he added “Oh, it should be easy you are naturally stiff”… 😦 made not my day!




Kein Risiko, kein Spass

30 10 2017

Kein Risiko, kein Spass

Kein Risiko, kein Spass

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2016 Aikido seminars

31 01 2017

Wrap up of an year of travelling/training for Aikido (a little late)

15 – 17 January: Strømmen, weekend seminar with Bachraty sensei
22 – 24 January: Dusseldorf, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
20 – 21 February: Jakarta, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
12 – 13 March: Ho Chi Minh, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
15 – 17 April: Dublin, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
22 – 24 April: Trondheim, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
14 May: Stockholm, “Female Touch” day seminar @ Vanadis
20 – 23 May: Stavanger, weekend seminar with Kingston sensei (Dayto Ryu Aikijutsu)
11 – 12 June: Prague, weekend seminar with Noel sensei
19 August: Duisburg, one session with Ruben sensei
20 – 21 August: Duisburg, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei (bokken seminar)
2 – 4 September: Oslo, weekend seminar with Kuribayashi sensei
18 September: Amsterdam, one session with Dijkman sensei (ukemi seminar)
21 September: Amsterdam, one session with Yamashima sensei
23 – 25 September: Hannover, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
14 – 16 October: Bratislava, weekend seminar with Ariga sensei
21 – 23 October: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, weekend seminar with Irie sensei
12 November: Trondheim, one session with Nevelius sensei
18 – 20 November: Heggedal, weekend seminar with Lyly sensei
25 – 27 November: Vienna, weekend seminar with Endo sensei

…and to add to all this serious and top level seminars, I had a short one myself:

9 – 10 January: Trondheim, weekend seminar with aikidude 🙂

Less weekend seminars than in 2015, but more practice altogether with 2 great periods in Asia (Japan+Vietnam and Indonesia).

A great time on the road anyway…

Untitled A long road

…and 2017 has already started in full speed and great time..





Unfit

13 10 2016

Last week I had to stop practice after the first hour and it was a bit annoying: I have a couple of physical problems that are carrying longer than expected, and a few too many thoughts on my mind, that are also not helping.

During a first hour of several beginner techniques, working especially on ikkyo and with no throws at all, I had to compensate a lot a problem with one knee that is forcing me to avoid as well all suwariwaza work. That is boring, but last year, more or less in the same period I had the same problem, that went away with some rest..

hope... for something better....

hope… for something better….

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Soon a new week

25 09 2016

…but for now I enjoy the tired body and little aches post another great aikido seminar in Hannover, with Jorma Lyly, the aiki-wizard I missed so much in China…

tai no tenkan, aiki-wizard and aiki-brother

Jorma, Svein and the big bunch of aikido friends here in Europe that I could not meet and practice with when in China are among the reasons that make me not to regret the choice to come back…

sunset in Hannover

Many aikido weekends in the next few months toward the end of the year, therefore many chances to work on myself and my demons.

Live in the present, its my new goal and challenge. Keep the memories but not hold on them as my life depended on that..

Like a bokken or an aikido partner, stronger you hold less sensitive you become to the contact, to the changes, to everything else besides your own little self..

aiki brothers